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UK: Debenhams posts "highest ever" December sales Katie Smith | 8 Jan 13

UK department store operator Debenhams has reported record sales in December, with promotions helping to lift like-for-likes by 5% but eating into profit margins.


UK: Debenhams to ramp up UK manufacturing Katie Smith | 7 Dec 12

Debenhams plans to increase its use of British manufacturers in a move which it claims will bolster domestic production and help revitalise the UK clothing industry.


UK: Overseas workers “need living wage” firms told Richard Woodard | 6 Nov 12

Three organisations are calling on UK fashion businesses to ensure that workers at overseas supplier companies are given a living wage to match their UK counterparts.


In the money: Debenhams outlines expansion plans Petah Marian | 25 Oct 12

Debenhams chief executive Michael Sharp has revealed the department store retailer plans to open 17 stores in the UK over the next five years, after recording growing sales and profit during the past year.


UK: Debenhams drives online, international growth Petah Marian | 25 Oct 12

Debenhams has raised its multi-channel and international growth goals after recording strong full-year sales and profit increases.


BULGARIA: Debenhams expands with first store Katie Smith | 24 Oct 12

Department store group Debenhams has confirmed it will open its first store in Bulgaria with franchise partner Canopus Investments.


GEORGIA: Debenhams expands with first store Katie Smith | 12 Oct 12

Department store group Debenhams will open its first store in Tbilisi, Georgia this weekend as part of wider expansion plans.


FINLAND: Debenhams signs expansion deal Katie Smith | 10 Oct 12

UK department store group Debenhams has revealed it has inked a letter of intent to open a store in Finland.


UK: Google retail director Fitzgerald joins Debenhams board Katie Smith | 5 Oct 12

Debenhams has tapped Google's head of retail, Peter Fitzgerald, as a non-executive director to help grow the department store group's online business.


just-style management briefing: New outsourcing players challenge export giants Poorna Rodrigo | 1 Oct 12

The BRIC countries are far from being the only emerging market suppliers for the global apparel sector - and a knot of competitors such as Bangladesh and Vietnam have long been vying for business. But there are also smaller players who are looking to grow.


ESTONIA: Debenhams to open first store next year Katie Smith | 28 Sep 12

British department store group Debenhams will open its first store in Estonia in September 2013.


INDIA: Arvind acquires Debenhams, Next and Nautica franchise rights Katie Smith | 27 Sep 12

Textile and apparel manufacturer Arvind Lifestyle Brands has acquired the Indian franchise rights of British retailers Next and Debenhams and US apparel brand Nautica from Planet Retail.


UK: Debenhams sees FY profit growth as sales rise Leonie Barrie | 18 Sep 12

Department store group Debenhams Plc has put in a "strong performance" with like-for-like sales growth accelerating despite "challenging" markets - and says it expects full-year pre-tax profits to be ahead of last year.


INDIA: Genesis Colors denies brand franchise talks Katie Smith | 6 Aug 12

Indian fashion house Genesis Colors has today (6 August) denied it is in talks to acquire the Indian franchise rights to brands including Next, Debenhams and Nautica.


Global news roundup Katie Smith | 31 Jul 12

The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.


UK: M&S names Boyes-Weston as Per Una head of design Katie Smith | 16 Jul 12

Retailer Marks & Spencer has appointed Carole Boyes-Weston as head of design for its Per Una and Limited Collection brands, replacing Helen Low.


PAKISTAN: Debenhams expands into Pakistan Katie Smith | 16 Jul 12

British department store group Debenhams has opened its first store in Pakistan by teaming up with international brand retailer Team A Ventures.


Viewpoint: M&S adrift despite a decade of turnaround talk Leonie Barrie | 12 Jul 12

Like a vast, slow-moving and rather unwieldy tanker, battered and lashed by stormy seas, the UK's largest clothing retailer Marks & Spencer has done much over the past decade to try to steady its business.


IRELAND: Retailers back code on children's clothes Leonie Barrie | 12 Jul 12

Ten high street retailers have backed new guidelines to prevent the sale and marketing of provocative and sexually-suggestive children's clothing in Ireland.


INDIA: Debenhams denies Indian store restructuring plans Katie Smith | 12 Jul 12

Department store chain Debenhams has denied rumours it is looking to restructure its stores in India.


UK: Debenhams to launch next day delivery Katie Smith | 12 Jul 12

Department store group Debenhams has confirmed it will introduce next day delivery to its customers next year to boost its online business.


UK: Marks & Spencer fashion boss Bostock steps down Petah Marian | 10 Jul 12

Marks & Spencer today (10 July) confirmed that general merchandise executive director Kate Bostock will leave the company "by mutual consent" as first quarter general merchandise sales plunged.


M&S faces continuing challenges in clothing Petah Marian | 10 Jul 12

Marks & Spencer, the UK's largest clothing retailer, is shaking up its senior management team after booking a 5.1% drop in first quarter general merchandise sales. Here Petah Marian looks at the challenges the new executives will face as they attempt to turn around its clothing division.


UK: Debenhams sales rise but margins falling Leonie Barrie | 28 Jun 12

Increased footfall around events including Easter, Mother's Day, and the Diamond Jubilee has helped British department store group Debenhams Plc to a "good sales performance" so far in the second half of its financial year.


Looking beyond the UK for retail growth Petah Marian | 21 Jun 12

The stagnating UK economy means that for many retailers and brands, growth will have to come internationally. An event hosted recently by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) outlined the opportunities, and the strategies to employ when considering new markets.


Spotlight on... M&S bolsters design and merchandise teams Petah Marian | 23 May 12

After Marks & Spencer admitted to being caught short in women's wear during the fourth-quarter, it has moved to bolster its design and merchandise teams as well as ramping up the amount of clothing it sources on a fast-fashion basis. M&S executive director of general merchandise, Kate Bostock, spoke to journalists about its clothing strategy yesterday on the sidelines of the retailer's annual results.


Weather forecasts offer brighter outlook for retailers Katie Smith | 10 May 12

The wettest April on record in the UK meant last month was a washout for retailers - but contrasts with an unexpectedly warm March that saw shoppers flock to the stores to buy items like summer clothes. With the weather changing every day, forecasting upcoming trends is as important for the apparel and footwear industry as any other. Katie Smith reports.


UK: Debenhams H1 profit up on footwear boost Richard Woodard | 19 Apr 12

Department store retailer Debenhams posted a stronger first half pre-tax profit, beating market consensus, boosted by increased market share for footwear.


UK: Debenhams outsources customer contact centre Petah Marian | 5 Apr 12

UK department store operator Debenhams has announced plans to outsource its customer contact centre in Taunton to Capita, a move which will affect 230 staff.


HONG KONG: Prime Source Forum broadens its horizons Leonie Barrie | 28 Mar 12

The organisers of the Prime Source Forum event, which opened in Hong Kong earlier today (28 March), are also planning to launch a parallel meeting in India later this year.

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